A year ago, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing driver Josef Newgarden was forced to miss the Grand Prix of Baltimore due to a broken left index finger.
Now back and with a chance to race in the No. 67 SFHR Honda this weekend, he wants to break his recent string of poor luck. Gearbox (Sonoma), mechanical (Mid-Ohio) and a sensor malfunction (Toronto Race 1) have struck the car just in the last three race weekends.
“It’s very important to do well and finish these last four races strong,” Newgarden said. “It’s been difficult these last couple of weekends, but we will be on top of our stuff and if everything goes according to plan we should have a fast race car and be ready to get solid points for the rest of the year.”
Newgarden described some of the challenges he’ll face on the street circuit, where he finished second in Indy Lights in 2011 in his only prior Baltimore start.
“Baltimore is generally the bumpiest street circuit we go to all year, which brings its own challenges with trying to make the car work around there,” he said. “The curves and the front straightaways are just very bumpy and you can get airborne with the car.
His SFHR teammate from Sonoma, Lucas Luhr (pictured leading), is back in his normal environment of his Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c in the American Le Mans Series. Luhr’s IndyCar debut was halted with a late-race engine fire.
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.
MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup
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MORE: Stage 8 wrapup
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MORE: Stage 1 wrapup